Welcome to Wish-List Wednesday! Every Wednesday I will tell you about the books, series or book related things that are highest on my wish-list.
For this week I have chosen Burial Rites by Hannah Kent.
Published on September 10th 2013 by Little, Brown and Company.
A brilliant literary debut, inspired by a true story: the final days of a young woman accused of murder in Iceland in 1829. Set against Iceland’s stark landscape, Hannah Kent brings to vivid life the story of Agnes, who, charged with the brutal murder of her former master, is sent to an isolated farm to await execution.
Horrified at the prospect of housing a convicted murderer, the family at first avoids Agnes. Only Tóti, a priest Agnes has mysteriously chosen to be her spiritual guardian, seeks to understand her. But as Agnes’s death looms, the farmer’s wife and their daughters learn there is another side to the sensational story they’ve heard.
Riveting and rich with lyricism, BURIAL RITES evokes a dramatic existence in a distant time and place, and asks the question, how can one woman hope to endure when her life depends upon the stories told by others? -Goodreads
This book revolves around one of the most famous murder in Icelandic history.
Hannah Kent came to Iceland in 2003 as an exchange student. During her stay she heard the story about the murder Agnes Magnúsdóttir is supposed to have committed and later is executed for. Later she gathered all doc
uments about it and her book is a result of that. What really happened? Was Agnes on the wrong place at the wrong time?
I read about this murder many years ago in one of my history class, the last execution in Iceland. Agnes Magnúsdóttir and Friðrik Sigurðsson were executed, beheaded, on January 12th 1830 for the murder of Nathan Ketilsson and Pétur Jónsson.
I am really looking forward to read this book. It is not often that foreigners write about something that happened in Iceland.